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Snorkeling and scuba diving are both exciting activities when you visit a beach, but only if you are in a nice place to do it. The state of Hawaii offers some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world.
This summer I visited the island of Kauai with my family and we stayed at The Cliffs on the north shore of the island.
Some of the places on Hawaii have absolutely jaw dropping views while snorkeling or scuba diving. My brother and I went scuba diving with the Blue Dolphin Catamaran tours on the Na Pali Coast of Kauai island. The Na Pali Coast is only accessible by boat or helicopter and the cliffs are the tallest on the island at an amazing 4700 ft. The reefs off the Na Pali Coast, were amazing and the water was crystal clear.
Snorkeling is something that is easy to do at almost any beach in Kauai if you have the correct equipment. Tunnels Beach on the north side has very unique reef structures and fish all over. Tunnels also has sea turtles if you are there at the right time. The currents at Tunnels are not bad, so that was a good place for my brother and me to start snorkeling on our trip.
My favorite beach of all was Ke’e Beach on the north side of the island. It was a long swim out to the reef but it was the most breath-taking snorkeling I have ever done. There were multi colored fish and sea turtles everywhere. The picture below is some sea turtles eating the coral at the Ke’e beach reef. The only downside of the reef is if you venture to far out, the currents get strong and unpredictable.
The dangers of snorkeling are all easy to prevent. However, snorkelers account for many of the lifeguard rescues. Ke’e Beach has had the most rescues and drownings on the island of Kauai in the last ten years, all because people don’t bother to read the warning signs and they go too far past the coral reef.
There are also a few things you can take with you for safety; such as a floatation device. You won’t get too tired and you can take a break if needed. Also, a whistle would be a good way to contact the lifeguard or other people if you are in trouble. These few precautions could save your life and are strongly recommended.
I will remember my first trip to Hawaii forever, but the thing I will remember most is the amazing snorkeling and scuba diving.